Modi-Obama meet scheduled for June 7 at White House

RSTV Bureau
File photo of PM Modi meeting US President Barack Obama. PTI

File photo of PM Modi meeting US President Barack Obama. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House on June 7 during his two-day visit to the US next month. PM Modi will also be addressing a joint meeting of the US Congress.

“President Obama will meet with Prime Minister Modi of India at the White House on Tuesday, June 7,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement on Friday.

The two leaders are expected to review the progress made by the two countries in key areas of defence, security and energy since President Obama visited New Delhi in January 2015.

“The President looks forward to discussing progress made on our climate change and clean energy partnership, security and defence cooperation, and economic growth priorities,” Earnest added.
PM Modi will be in Washington DC on June 7 and June 8.

“The main objective of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister would be to consolidate the progress made in diverse areas such as economy, energy, environment, defence and security, and to intensify cooperation for the future,” the External Affairs Ministry in India said in its statement.

PM Modi has been invited to the US by President Obama. The invitation for the bilateral meeting was made when Modi travelled to the US for the nuclear summit in March.

The Speaker of the US House of Representative, Paul Ryan also invited Modi to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.

PM Modi is not the first Indian Prime Minister to address the US Congress. Several other Indian PMs like Manmohan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PV Narasimha Rao and Rajiv Gandhi have addressed the Congress earlier.

After assuming power in May 2014, this will be Modi’s fourth visit to the US.

During the two-day visit, Modi will also have interaction with CEOs of major US companies, the Ministry said in its statement.

Realisation of the full potential of Indo-US economic partnership has been a key priority for both the countries and the progress achieved in this regard is reflected in the increased investment flows, the ministry added.

(With inputs from PTI)